Voyage along Alaska's Inside Passage on an unforgettable family voyage on board the National Geographic Sea Bird. Exploring with our team of naturalists, discover hidden inlets by kayak and hike along sparkling salmon streams as you experience the pristine beauty of the Alaska wilderness. A special hands-on educational program is designed to encourage children's interest in topics as diverse as the feeding behavior of humpback whales and the identification of bear tracks in the wild.
Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and intriguing land up close, in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region. Our small ship has the flexibility to take us ashore to places that few others see. The long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours. Throughout our voyage, kids' coordinators arrange scavenger hunts and special Zodiac cruises for young explorers.
Fly from Seattle to Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Visit the imposing Mendenhall Glacier. There is time to explore Juneau on your own before we embark the ship in the late afternoon.
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Enter Tracy Arm, a spectacular 22-mile-long fjord where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially carved walls. We maneuver among large icebergs, keeping an eye out for feeding bears on the shoreline and mountain goats on the cliffs above.
Discover the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by rugged Norwegian fishermen. A visit to Petersburg provides a glimpse of a true Alaskan town. There is an opportunity for optional flight-seeing via floatplane over nearby LeConte Glacier (weather permitting) and for hiking along forest trails. Later, cruise out to look for whales in the southern part of Frederick Sound, or explore LeConte Bay, a virtual sculpture garden of grounded icebergs.
These waters often make for great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the tiny coves in this area.
Look for humpback whales at Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area. Then cruise along the northern coastline of Chichagof Island and find playful sea otters. Keep an eye out for eagles, which are commonplace in the surrounding Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States. and meadows of wildflowers.
Spend the day exploring magnificent Glacier Bay, where enormous glaciers flow from the ice fields far above. Watch and hear glaciers calving as tons of ice crash into the sea. Venture near islets that are home to seabirds such as puffins and guillemots, and look for humpback whales and orcas. Walk ashore among towering spruce trees and meadows of wildflowers.
Beachcomb, hike forest trails, explore by kayak, or cruise along Admiralty Island, where the massive brown bear is found, along with perhaps the world's highest density of nesting bald eagles. If conditions permit, explore the coastlines of some remote islands by kayak. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, a unique town with a strong Russian heritage. Visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a striking testament to Alaska's roots prior to the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia. In the early afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Award-winning writer, photographer, and conservationist Kim Heacox first came to Alaska as a ranger in Glacier Bay with the National Park Service, and he has now lived in the state for more than 25 years. He has written four books for National Geographic, most recently An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks. He is also the author of Alaska Light and the memoir The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska. Kim's photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine. A highly respected expert on Alaska and a gifted storyteller, Kim lives near Glacier Bay with his wife, Melanie, and their two kayaks.
Kim will join the following departure:
Jun 30 - Jul 07, 2013
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2013, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,500 in Category 2. For a single cabin in 2014, add $3,150 in Category 1 and $3,670 in Category 2.
Round-trip economy airfare from Seattle to Juneau, and return from Sitka, is from $650 (subject to change).
Third person rates are available in a limited number of Category 3 cabins at one half the double occupancy rate.